The Bottom Line
- Inexpensive gas/charcoal combo
- Low quality gas grill components
- Lightweight construction
- Limited support from the manufacturer
- One 402 square inch charcoal cooking chamber
- One 402 square inch 3-burner, 36,000 BTU maximum output gas cooking chamber
- 1176 square inches of total grilling space
- 10,000 BTU brass capped side burner under a flush mounted lid
- Turn and click piezoelectric ignition on control knob
- Stainless steel tubular gas burners
- Porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates
- Barrel shaped thermal painted steel body and lid
- Hood mounted thermometers on each cooking chamber
- Made in China by Brinkmann exclusively for Home Depot Stores. Propane tank and cover sold separately
Guide Review - Brinkmann Dual Zone Charcoal Gas Grill
This gas/charcoal dual grill is almost an exact copy of the Char-Griller Duo that sells at Lowe's Home Improvement Stores. Obviously Home Depot felt they were missing something so they got Brinkmann to make this grill to the almost exact specifications. This Brinkmann model as Home Depot is such a blatant knockoff of the Char-Griller Duo sold at Lowe's that you would think it would be too embarrassing to put out on the showroom floor. Since the competition between Home Depot and Lowe's is so tight it would appear that they have to carry the same products, for the same price, but from different companies. The person who buys this grill probably didn't do their research and most likely bought it on impulse.
The gas grill side is a 36,00 BTU 3-burner gas grill with medium weight porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates and a low powered, 10,000 BTU side burner. While some of these components are not the best quality they are not necessarily that bad for the price. The BTU output is low for the size (the Char-Griller version has 40,800 BTUs), but the barrel shape and thicker steel body holds in heat well enough to give you some good grilling power. Other than this, it is a typical low cost gas grill.
On the charcoal side you get a typical barrel shaped charcoal grill. The cast iron cooking grates are good for heat transfer and the dual layer bottom holds in the heat and protects the painted finish. While relatively small this charcoal grill gives you enough room for many grilling tasks, but is limited in indirect grilling space.
The questions you should be asking yourself is do you really need both a charcoal and a gas grill and if you do would it make more sense to buy one of each separately. After all if the gas components of this grill rust out and make that side useless you have a 5 foot long charcoal grill with limited cooking area. My recommendation would be to purchase a Weber Charcoal Grill for around $100 that will last you a good decade and perhaps a lower end Char-Broil Gas Grill for around $150 that will last a few years.